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Mount Holly – On June 12, 2019, the Freeholder Board adopted an update to the County’s 1989 Highway Master Plan. The updated plan, which was commissioned by the County and prepared in partnership with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRCP), is the direct result of a three-year, collaborative planning process. While preparing the plan, the County obtained vital input from municipalities and strategic partners.
“The highway master plan advances this Freeholder Board’s goals of modernizing our highway infrastructure to meet current and future demands, and determining necessary rights-of-way and road features for improving county highways. Our primary focus is always to improve traffic safety and operations for all drivers. One of the most exciting aspects of the new Highway Master Plan is that it is available online with interactive mapping. Now, the public can view the plans from any internet browser,” said Freeholder Director Tom Pullion, liaison to Public Works.
DVRPC, the regional transportation-planning agency for the Greater Philadelphia area, will host the County’s Highway Master Plan on its website. The Highway Master Plan is available at https://www.dvrpc.org/Products/18019/ and the interactive maps at www.dvrpc.org/webmaps/BCHMP.
The Highway Master Plan is a valuable tool for developers, utility companies and governmental agencies to understand the County’s ultimate rights-of-way and desired roadway cross-sections. It provides guidance in the design of land development projects.
“The County’s approach to economic development is to employ a cross section of best practices to address community needs. The new plan details transportation improvements beyond new paved road and sidewalks. We looked to data based traffic management plans to relieve congestion. We evaluated our mass transit to improve our environmental foot print, and we kept safety of our families in mind throughout the entire process,” said Freeholder Felicia Hopson, liaison to economic development.
The Highway Master Plan provides a framework for the future development and improvement of the county highway system. Given that the Freeholders are cognizant of traffic issues within the County, they are working to address specific traffic and circulations issues by developing sub-regional plans, such as the Northern Route 130 Circulation Plan that includes portions of Burlington City, Burlington Township, Florence Township and Mansfield Township. They are also working with municipalities along County Route 541 from Mount Holly to Burlington City to develop a circulation plan for this area.